“Have the faith of God,” Jesus says, literally, in Mark 11:22. Not your own faith, God’s faith. The God kind.
Now, if I say to you, “Have some water,” I am saying to you that water is present, available and accessible to you right now. Is that not so? So, when Jesus says to me, “Have the faith of God,” He is telling me, its available and accessible to me right now and I can have it and use it if I choose, to conquer a problem, obtain a breakthrough, or win a victory. Jesus is saying, if you have a mountain that needs to be removed, you can exercise the faith God gives you, the God-kind of faith, to make the mountain move.
The mountain can be anything that is standing in the way of God’s best for you, that is preventing you from experiencing God’s best. It can be sickness, poverty, marriage difficulties, anything in the way of God’s will. Nothing is impossble to you. Nothing, because you have the faith of God in you.
Now, how do you release your God-given faith to receive miracles and answers to prayer? How do you unleash the power of God for miracles? The same way God unleashed His power to accomplish His purposes for creation and the same way Jesus released God’s power to work miracles on earth. It involves words.
God believes in the power of His words. He declares: “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)
And in Job we find: “You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28 NKJV)
Then Paul writes: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” (2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV)
And Jesus Himself declares:
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)
Take all these passages together and it should become clear that God wants you to operate like He does. First, perceive His Will; second, believe His Word; third, speak to your “mountain,” believing that the very thing you are decreeing will be done for you.
You say, “I can’t do that, believe that I will have what I say. I am not God.” You certainly are not, but you don’t have to be God. You just need to be a child of God, to have His Spirit in you, to have God backing you to be able to do this.
Start believing because you are partaking of God’s nature in Christ, and are righteous in His sight, your words have great weight. That because we are a kingdom of priests, your words are highly anointed. That because those who have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign as kings in life, your words command great authority. (See Rom. 5:17, 1 Peter 2:9)
Child of God, if your world is without form and void and darkness is hovering over you, you can do something about it. But you have to open your mouth and start decreeing what you know to be God’s will for your life. Start commanding light and life to manifest and darkness to depart. Start decreeing the Word of God. That is what God did. That is what Jesus told us to do. Nothing happened until God spoke. And nothing will happen until you speak.
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:7 NKJV)
So, what are you waiting for? Believe and speak. And keep believing, and keep speaking. This mountain shall be removed, “not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6)
Remember, it is not enough to just have faith in your heart. You need to speak in order to unleash the faith of God in you to make miracles happen.
Here is one such passage:
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (I Peter 5:5-11 NKJV)
Notice several reasons Peter gives us for choosing to humble ourselves:
1. God resists the proud, but “gives grace to the humble.” God offers unmerited favor, undeserved blessings, well-timed help, and moment-by-moment assistance to the humble. Not to the proud. Can you use more grace on a daily basis?
2. God will “exalt you” in due season, if you humble yourself. He does not tell you just how God will exalt you, but he guarantees you God will. Wow!
3. God will “care” for you. God will literally take personal interest in everything regarding the humble, and actively attend to you and watch over you with “deepest affection.” Knowing this, you can cast “all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him.” (AMP). What a promise!
4. God will protect you from the devil who is looking for someone to “devour.” The proud are an easy prey for the enemy. But God defends the humble, as He cares for you and gives you grace in every situation and under all circumstances. Thank God!
5. The God of all grace will be with the humble during times of suffering and “after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” How comforting, how reassuring, how empowering!
Why does God make such magnificent promises to the humble? According to Peter, it is so that through these “exceedingly great and precious promises…you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) These Scriptural rewards provide the Holy Spirit with what He needs to motivate and empower us to obey.
Child of God, do you want to partake of the divine nature? Then, make the decision to clothe yourself and walk in the humility God provides for you in Christ. Ask Him to break the power of pride in your life and to change your attitude. Start to pore over and pray over these precious promises daily. By so doing, you will be cooperating with the Holy Spirit and He, who is faithful, will give more grace as He produces His humility in you.
Be blessed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Since I stopped publishing new ones, I have only had one person to inquire. This suggests to me not many people miss the blogs and there is no need to continue producing them.
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